Tuesday, April 5, 2011

This and That

Today's Shout Outs:

Jenn E, Shell S, Donna McE, Jeanette Y, Barbara Diane, Sherri T, Saskia, Carisa Z, 
Julie H, Aunt Beth & Uncle Jim

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Dear friends,

Happy Tuesday!  It is indeed a good day although it has been drizzly the last couple of days.  Only solace is that the rain brings growth, we won't talk about flooding and rising rivers :(

My monthly visit to my oncologist was yesterday and he has such a calming presence about him and its soothing.  I'm adding one more type of anti-nausea drug to try and we'll see if that helps or not.  None of this is an exact science and I realize that and am so grateful for such an understanding, and caring doctor that is doing his very best for me.

I also managed to get me a visit to my GI Doctor.  I really like him as well as his nurse.  I've come to the realization during this time that you need to like/respect/be comfortable/etc. with your healthcare providers.  Had a quick visit with  him (yay for a cancellation) yesterday and today I had a quick procedure called a flexible sigmoidoscopy.  It was just a quick 10 minute procedure, faculties intact, and it really wasn't so bad.  Something else I can add to my bucket list I guess.  Anyway, things are fine so don't worry.  I'll let you google the details if you want (hehe).

A couple of things happened during my appointment at the Oncologist's that I found interesting.  The first being that while we were waiting to square up some appointment details there was a woman that came to check in.  It was apparent that she was on the recovery side of cancer and that she came for check up visits, but she was so insistent that she come to this particular location versus the location at the hospital.  The Doctors work two sites at the moment.  Anyway, her issue was parking and she liked the parking in this particular location better since it was easier.  The other location parking was further and she ended up walking a bit.

BUT here is the key.  At the other location, there is a special garage parking set aside specifically for cancer patients.  Every time we have been there, there has been plenty of spaces.  This particular woman didn't want to use that special parking because she felt that she didn't deserve it or felt that she was past needing it.  On the one hand I understand her mental need to say that "I am better and I don't need it because I'm past that", but I really wanted to go over and say, "you do deserve that easy parking".  Kevin and I were going to let her know that there is always plenty of spaces, but she didn't hear our attempt to get her attention and then the timing wasn't there.  Just interesting and noteworthy....

The other tidbit was the gentleman we met in the waiting room.  He was very friendly and wanted to discuss cancer.  Turns out he had lung cancer, but he told me a tidbit that I would rather not have heard.  He was going on about how he lost his teeth after his chemo/radiation treatments.  Nice huh?  He actually said that his teeth just fell out... Yikes... I don't really know how often this happens and if it really were the meds that made them fall out.  I didn't ask to look into his mouth (lol).  And this morning my teeth are still here... yippy!

The joys of sharing notes and meeting strangers in the waiting room...

And finally, I have another thing to add to my "happy" times... card making of course.  Today is  my Dad's birthday and here is the card I created for him.

Recipe
Stamps: SU!, PTI
Ink: CTMH, versamark
Cardstock/Papers: CTMH
Accents/Tools: Twill ribbon, twine, nesties, embossing powder, heat gun

Thanks for visiting and until next time...

-Katie

19 comments:

Nati Tristan said...

I'm so happy you are feeling better! I really hope your nausea medication works for you! I've met some "interesting" people in the waiting room of my oncologist as well. Happy Birthday to your Dad! and what a gorgeous card you made him! I'm happy you got to scrap some! God Bless you with omre joyous days like this!

Saskia said...

Great card for you Dad!
You're always in my thoughts Katie!

Sweet greetings, Saskia :)

LaurieJ said...

Glad to see you are in good spirits today, Katie. Happy Tuesday to you too! Love the card - the buffalo is fabulous!! Great for a "man card". And dontcha just LOVE those Tiny Tags? They went into my cart too.

Claire said...

I love the card for your dad, I'm sure he'll love it as well.
I'm so happy to see you are feeling better than last week, keep strong.
Love
Claire xxx

Grandma Nancy said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad! (I love the Buffalo because I'm from Buffalo, NY!) Enjoy your day and as always, I'm keeping your in my prayers!

Becky Jo said...

I'm sure your Dad will treasure the beautiful card you have made him! Hope the new medicine works well for you. In my thoughts and prayers daily! Big Hugs!!

Whimcees said...

Hello Katie!

I am always so happy to read a post from you as that means you are feeling better! And when there is also a creation is wonderful! Your card is beautiful!

Wishing you a great day today! You are in my prayers.

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

AShu93 said...

That's a great card you made for your dad! I'm sure he'll love it.

donna calamari said...

Katie, I have been reading your blog for 3 1/2 months. Today's post is noticeably more upbeat and cheerful. I am glad you feel better and hope then new meds help with the nausea. As always, I hope you feel good physically and emotionally. Until the next time.

Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

Maybe your perspective will change when you are on the other side of the battle... with the parking spot. You will win the battle!

Hang in there friend.

HUGS,
~nance

Joan B said...

what a great masculine card. great post too, as usual. i'm overwhelmed with what you are going through. it is so huge that words fail me. hope thursday's chemo is better than the last time.

merium said...

fingers crossed for the new drug~sending positive thoughts for a better treatment tomorrow..

Sue said...

First visit to your blog and after reading quite alot of your latest posts I really don't know what to say except to send love and very best wishes. I hope your new meds work for your nausea. I love your work and the card for your Dad is just beautiful.

Elizabeth said...

Happy Girl, love it....

The card for your dad looked like that buffalo was trying to get away.
That's good because he might not end up in your freezer.

Curt in Carmel said...

I think it is so important that your care providers are good to you and that you like them. I LOVE my GP and can't imagine going to anyone else. It is because of this that I make sure I keep my visits current with him. If I didn't like him, I'd not go when I should and that only makes things worse. You also proved something that I've known for a long time. . .I lot of our fellow human beings don't have common sense. i.e. man with missing teeth. . . geesh! Happy Belated Birthday to your Dad! Best, Curt

marilynprestonn said...

Katie, I was so glad to see you made this beautiful card for your dad. It is gorgeous. The wildernss scene looks great. Keep praying for you and family. Kindly, Peggy

IamDerby said...

Yikes! Teeth falling out? Well I will add that to my list of prayers... praying for your teeth my friend! :) Your card is simply lovely

Linda C said...

Glad to hear your teeth are still where they are suppose to be. LOL Bet your Dad loved that card!

Emily Painter-Davis said...

Wow. Talk about a count your blessings moment. I'm thankful you have your teeth as well!
Hugs...
And great card for your dad!

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